Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock
Garbage, Nirvana, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Marianne Faithfull
Romana Ashton - Vocals, Bass Drew Jones - Guitar Jeremy Russell - Drums
Nirvana, Marianne Faithfull, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Cramps, Francois Hardy, Jean-Luc Godard, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, Hole
The Sunday Reeds are named after Melbourne ‘30s/40s patron of the arts Sunday Reed. Romana Ashton and Drew Jones formed the band in 2009 as a duo and quickly started performing as a three piece after their first release ‘Drowning in History’ (2009) caught the attention of UK indie label Squirrel Records. They toured the UK in 2010 and have played numerous shows in Australia. Along the way they burnt bridges, ended relationships and had nervous breakdowns.
At one point the founding duo spent three days in Paris during a relationship break-up. The irony of being in the most romantic city in the world during a break-up was not lost on them and has culminated in their latest self-released EP ‘Amour Tragique’ (Tragic Love). A collection of five songs that detail doomed romances and love lost, ‘Amour Tragique’ combines the grittiness and angst of ‘90s grunge with the pop sensibilities of ‘60s pop and rock ‘n’ roll and a good measure of old fashioned blues and ‘80s new wave/post punk elements.
With contralto female vocals likened to Marianne Faithfull and Shirley Manson, and a rock ‘n’ roll swagger reminiscent of The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and Nirvana, The Sunday Reeds skilfully combine the most exciting parts of rock ‘n’ roll, creating lyrically rich, catchy songs, with a sound distinctly their own. As one fan aptly puts it:
“I really like that Jean-Luc track. The bass is killer. I’m trying to pin an era on it, which I’m finding hard to do ‘cause it has some awesome elements of like ‘90s proper heroin grunge, but some sweet post-punk kinda ‘80s to it with some timeless blues. Needless to say I like ya sound” (Angus, via Facebook)